Immigration Physical Exam

Immigration Physical Exam Specialist
Alfredo Quinonez, MD, is an internist at Gaslamp Medical Center in San Diego, California. He is designated by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to perform mandatory immigration exams. For your convenience, he can supply all necessary vaccinations and his office is located near the USCIS facility in San Diego. If you’re applying for permanent US residency, call the office today to schedule an appointment and review details about the records and forms you’re required to present at the time of your physical. You can also use the online scheduling tool for non-urgent care appointments.

Immigration Physical Exam Q & A

by Alfredo Quinonez, MD

What is the purpose of an immigration physical?

An immigration physical exam is required by USCIS to help determine whether visa or green card applicants have any serious or communicable diseases, mental disorders, or drug problems that might interfere with their eligibility for admission to the U.S.

What is involved in an immigration physical?

Along with a physical examination, the USCIS requires Dr. Quinonez to ask questions about your health history, immunization record, and any harmful habits such as drug abuse. To gain the necessary information, Dr. Quinonez may also review your employment history, military file, or other records that often contain information regarding previous physical and mental health issues.  

He also checks for symptoms that may indicate cardiovascular, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, or neuropsychiatric disorders that might influence decisions regarding your request for permanent residency in the U.S.

All of these regulations fall under the guidance of the USCIS. It’s very important to follow the instructions you received at the USCIS office regarding the forms and health records you’re required to present at the time of your exam.

Will I need laboratory tests?

Lab work required by the USCIS includes:

  • TB skin testing
  • An HIV blood test
  • A blood test for syphilis  

What immunizations do I need?

The list of required vaccines is long and varies slightly according to your age. It includes most of the vaccines that U.S. children require to attend school. If you lack records of your previous immunizations, Dr. Quinonez can administer any necessary vaccines at the time of your visit.

Some of the vaccines required by USCIS include:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
  • Polio, measles, mumps
  • Meningococcal vaccine
  • Varicella immunization
  • Pneumococcal vaccine

What health issues can interfere with obtaining a visa?

According to USCIS requirements, several physical and mental health issues can affect your eligibility. However, it’s important to note that waivers exist for many of these ailments. The USCIS provides detailed information regarding when you might be eligible for and how to obtain a waiver. There are currently no waivers available for drug addicts/abusers.

Essentially any active communicable disease, such as tuberculosis, or any physical or mental disorder that may cause you to harm yourself or others can affect your eligibility. Lack of proper immunizations is another reason for denial but one that’s easily overcome by the vaccines Dr. Quinonez can provide.

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